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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Dinner at Senki Japanese Restaurant

My friend, *Charliez and I read about Senki Japanese Restaurant in reviews, and it seemed pretty good, therefore we decided to pay a visit to see how this one fares.

Located conveniently in a row of shophouses in Somerset area, this traditional, lovely restaurant was easy to locate. It is situated at 109 Kiliney Road, Singapore 239548, and the number to dial is 6734 5565.

When we got in, the waitress showed us to our table and handed us a pretty rose-toned menu. We decided to go for the buffet dinner. The interior was dimly-lit and the place was quiet, hence it was perfect for a few hours of catching up without being disturbed. Going for buffet would be the best choice since we could slowly enjoy our dinner.

We had starters as shown in the above two photos.

For the first photo - these are the plain salad and peach salad respectively - both tasted very lovely, blends of the crispiness of vegetables in sweet-sour tones.

The second photo shows the remnants of some small dishes we ate before the mains were served - such as the Edamane Beans - a preparation of immature soybeans in the pod, found in the cuisine of China, Japan and Hawaii. The pods were boiled or steamed and served with salt; the Cheese Potato Croquette and Agedashi Tofu (pronounced as "aga-dash-shee toll-full") - Japanese way to serve hot tofu. Silken firm tofu, cut into cubes, is lightly dusted with potato starch or cornstarch and then deep fried until golden brown.

Next, we had the Cha Soba (Japanese cold green-tea noodles) - the first time I ate this, I had drank the soy sauce served together with it in a teacup, thinking it had to be green tea!

And a platter of grilled eggplants, ladyfingers, mushrooms etc, that was tasty and nicely grilled to perfection - tender and not overly done.

Me, being a Sashimi lover, ordered my must-have item whenever I visited a Japanese restaurant. Sashimi is a Japanese delicacy consisting of very fresh raw meat or fish sliced into thin pieces, usually eaten with a spicy green paste named Wasabi. The small platter consisted of very succulent Sashimi of salmon, tuna, swordfish and squid.

I also tried their Chumwanmushi Japanese steamed egg, usually with a small piece of mushroom, gingko nut and chicken / crabmeat inside. I loved the smoothness of Senki's chumwanmushi.

*Charliez had the SukiyakiJapanese hotpot with meat, vegetables, mushrooms and egg in soup. It was scrumptious and she was extremely satisfied at the quality of the ingredients.

To our surprise, Senki served us a Dragon Maki (sushi "mat roll") on the house... a lovely sushi creation arranged to resemble a dragon, made of Japanese rice, avocado, mango and prawn fritter roll. It was a very lovely surprise, and the Dragon Maki was heavenly - a blend of savory crispiness toned down by the sweetness of mango and softness of avocado. We loved this absolutely.

We spent around SGD$90.00 in total, after three hours of eating and catching up, bidding the dimly-lit restaurant and its friendly service crew goodbye, and we walked out with stomachs pleasantly bloated with delicious goodies within.... yummy!

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